Bipartisan ‘Common Sense’

Something going on in Washington D.C., has given us the hope we were all seeking during our last general election. And far be it from us – but we think that what is happening may in fact be – the start of something new and improved. The only thing that is odd about this newly found hope is that it is coming from those one normally wouldn’t find as sponsors and co-sponsors of a bill.
To this end we are encouraged by what some of our more reasonable and common sense driven freshman representatives are doing in the House of Representatives – so much in fact that we’ve declared their work as the high-point of 2010 AD so far. If for no other reason, we finally have elected officials who are abreast of American public opinion and seem to have their fingers on the pulse of how America feels.
A bipartisan group led by freshman Members of Congress introduced a resolution seeking to bridge the political divide between parties on the issue of immigration by outlining some of the key principles that should guide immigration reform.
Representatives Chaffetz (R-UT), Kratovil (D-MD), Hunter (R-CA), and Nye (D-VA) were joined by 18 of their colleagues on H. Res. 1026 the Bipartisan Reform of Immigration through Defining Good Enforcement (“BRIDGE”) Resolution.
The BRIDGE Resolution reaffirms that the continued peace, prosperity, liberty, and national security of the United States depend upon effective immigration enforcement policies which both welcome lawful immigrants and also prevent individuals from entering or remaining in the U.S. illegally.
Specifically, the resolution states that Congress should:
• make E-Verify mandatory for all employers, and hold employees accountable as well;
• provide sufficient border infrastructure and manpower to secure and control our borders; and,
• reject amnesty and any legal status which pardons those here in violation of our laws.
“Our government has a duty and responsibility to make our first immigration priority the enforcement of existing laws by ensuring that illegal behavior is punished, not rewarded,” said Rep. Chaffetz. “Any discussion of comprehensive immigration reform must begin with a renewed commitment to enforce our immigration laws. We need to remove the incentives that encourage illegal behavior if we expect to get immigration under control.”
We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. The immigration reform debate must start with both an acknowledgement of the historical and contemporary importance of immigration to our nation and a renewed commitment to the rule of law,” said Rep. Kratovil. “This resolution calls for Congress to take a common sense approach to immigration reform: enforcing the rules already on the books, punishing those who knowingly choose to violate them, and opposing any plans that reward or incentivize illegal behavior at the expense of those who are trying to play by the rules.”
“Our national and economic security continues to be undermined by our porous borders and the inconsistent enforcement of existing immigration laws,” said Rep. Hunter. “The immigration reform debate must not be dictated by misguided calls for open borders or amnesty. The American people expect security to be a priority and immigration laws to be thoroughly enforced in our communities and the workplace. This resolution reiterates these principles, which should be the basis for immigration reform.”
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